Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

Alterra Mountain Co. makes tough choices: The company that owns 15 North American ski resorts, including Steamboat and Deer Valley, is furloughing many year-round employees after huge layoffs of seasonal workers last month. [The Denver Post]

OIA and SORP join ORR: Outdoor Industry Association and the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals have joined the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable as its newest members.

A tribute to Aliaa M. Abaza: The Adventure Travel Trade Associate has put together a moving tribute after suffering the loss of employee Aliaa M. Abaza to coronavirus.

Gearo lends help to retailers: The outdoor gear marketplace is offering its platform for free to retailers for six months as part of its COVID-19 Outdoor Retailer Relief Program.

New Conservation Alliance grants: The Conservation Alliance has awarded 26 $5,000 community grants to small nonprofits struggling through the pandemic.

How environmentally responsible is your bank? The Rainforest Action Network has released the 2020 Fossil Fuel Finance Report to rank the climate friendliness of large banks.

Hilarious indoor mountaineering: This video from climber Nate Kenney proves there’s still plenty of adventure to be had while in quarantine. [Outside Online]

What to read, watch, and listen to in quarantine: Osprey has compiled a list of the best outdoor books, movies, podcasts, and more to keep you occupied inside.

National park burglar caught: Michael Wayne Pickering will serve more than four years in state and federal prisons for a string of burglaries in national parks spanning years. [National Parks Traveler]

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REI announces furloughs and cuts: The company will reduce pay for some workers and lay off others as all 162 stores remain closed.

The Big Gear Show is on: The new hardgoods event in Salt Lake City will not be cancelled, organizers say. It will run in a modified format.


Big Bend

Industry Buzz: National parks, OIA webinar, an indoor ultramarathon, The Voice, Mountain Hardwear

National parks reopening: The acting director of the National Park Service is currently working on a “framework for a gradual resumption of operations." [National Parks Traveler] A cautionary tale: Even that happens, however, we should heed the warnings from places like Utah’s more


Industry Buzz: Great American Outdoors Act, national park updates, National Trails Day, rewilding Patagonia

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor companies speak up: Patagonia, L.L. Bean, The North Face, and others publicly joined OIA in calling for the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. [The Hill] Support the effort yourself: Sign this letter from more

A snow-covered mountain beside a pine forest with autumn colors, and a calm lake.

Industry Buzz: Addressing intolerant language, national park danger, the future of outdoor, discussing diversity with a congressman, small town activism

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Yeti Cycles updates its language: In response to concerns about insensitivity toward Indigenous communities in the U.S., the brand will soon drop the word “tribe” from all its marketing material and brand language. more

The Grand Tetons under clouds

Industry Buzz: Coronavirus, Modell's, a Maine ski utopia, Clarus, Smartwool, Dicks

The best of SNEWS: Top stories we've published recently Coronavirus throws spring travel into chaos: The pandemic has changed life for everyone. See what industry professionals are saying about their travel plans. Queer identity and the outdoors: Venture Out Project founder Perry more

A view of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park with a blue sky and the sun shining.

Industry Buzz: Olympics postponed, SIA, national parks, backcountry skiing, "Naked and Afraid," getting outside safely

The best of SNEWS: Top stories we've published recently Incredible community support: In just four days, customers of Alpenglow Sports in Lake Tahoe purchased $75k in gift cards from the retailer to help keep cash flowing. (To help spread similar efforts, share our new campaign, more

Olympic National Park

Industry Buzz: National parks to reopen, spring climbing, "corona-buying," The Redside Foundation

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The White House says national parks will reopen: However, no dates or details have been offered. [CNN] Summiting K2 this year after all? Restrictions may ease by the time the spring climbing season starts in Pakistan. more


Industry Buzz: Patagonia and REI reopen, national park safety, Thin Air show, coronavirus liability

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Patagonia exercises caution: The brand was one of the first to close its stores. After losing half its North American sales, leadership is considering an extremely cautious approach to reopening. [The New York Times] REI more

Yellow flowers in a field lit by the sun

Industry Buzz: National parks, TGR up for two Emmys, Fjällräven, supporting Sherpas, creative social distancing

Close the parks! Astoundingly, the National Park Service still has not committed to nationwide closures. What will it take? [Fast Company] The North Face steps up to help: The company is committing $1m through the Explore Fund to "support the outdoor communities all over the more

Blue mountains in the haze

Industry Buzz: CEO pay cut, national park infections, ski goggles as PPE, Jeremy Jones, a tragic coronavirus death

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A CEO sacrifice: Columbia’s CEO, Tim Boyle, has slashed his annual pay to $10K to keep paychecks flowing to retail employees. [The Oregonian] Close the parks: The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has sent a more